David Loughrey

Plenty of cheer at church dinner

Plenty of cheer at church dinner

John Lennon may not have been thinking about Christmas dinner at the St Andrews St Church of Christ when he wrote Imagine, but the lyrics - "imagine all the people, sharing all the world" - were appropriate as they wafted through the hall yesterday.

First woman on Highlanders board

First woman on Highlanders board

Kereyn Smith's appointment to the Highlanders board has broken new ground for rugby in the South - she is the franchise's first female director.

DCC looks at spending

DCC looks at spending

As Dunedin ratepayers face an 8.7% rates increase for the next financial year, and an even steeper increase the following year to pay for a list of multimillion-dollar projects, a four-person team has interviewed every manager at the Dunedin City Council, asking them to justify their spending.

Beginning the year on a dark note

When the Government of the United States of America decided to kill Angel Diaz three years ago, it did not do a particularly good job.

Fears grow over farm deals

Fears grow over farm deals

Southland farmers involved in what seems an increasingly bizarre multimillion-dollar plan by a Maori trust to buy 28 farms in the area may be backing away from the deals, as more information on the group behind them emerges.

Family of 13 moves into new Habitat home

Family of 13 moves into new Habitat home

Habitat for Humanity's latest project paved the way for a special, and emotional, day for the Te Moananui family yesterday, as the organisation handed over the keys for the 13th house it has built in Dunedin.

Big drop in restaurant food-safety closures

Dunedin restaurants and food outlets appear to be taking food safety issues more seriously, with closures because of lack of compliance decreasing markedly as the year went on.

Captivating array at police auction

Captivating array at police auction

There must be few people who could find a good use for a vintage oak trouser press, but if a packed Queens Gardens Antique Centre was anything to go by, there was no shortage of those keen to have a look at the press, and a host of other oddities.

Last chance on voting system

A final decision on what could be sweeping changes to the Dunedin City Council's voting system is close, after a hearing yesterday that was the final play for opponents of the preferred system.

DCC won't pay for its encroachment

DCC won't pay for its encroachment

The Dunedin City Council can charge rent for ratepayers whose properties encroach on road reserves, but when the situation is reversed, things are a little different.